Tips for first-time writers have ranged from the practical to the sarcastic – with hours of fun for those following the hashtag on Twitter. If only some would heed the advice …
Many of the tweets were clearly born out of frustration at bad writing that succeeds, disdain for bad writing that fails and sarcasm towards trends in the publishing business as a whole. Others offered sage words on the process of getting published – or why many writers are likely to be rejected. "Industry professionals who decline to read your work are puppets of The System. Tell them so, from their back garden at 3am" wrote @JasonArnopp. Or, as @PhilipArdagh put it: "Agents love it if you include a photocopy of your bottom with your introductory letter. It shows you're KOOKY!"
Personally, I (@benmyers1) am not at all jealous of Stephenie Meyer's – or indeed Martin Amis's - success, which is why I suggested wannabe novelists should "Write about vampires, because it has never been done before and bloodsucking is a fresh, new metaphor for sexual penetration". Or simply: "Write a novel called 'Lionel Asbo'." And you suspect @EnoureUnReveur had Fifty Shades Of Grey in mind when she suggested "Write lots of fan fiction. Then change the names of your characters and sell it." Not bad advice – but then she is 16 and apparently already agented.
Full piece at The Guardian